No Dog Should Die Alone" was the attention-grabbing and heart-stirring headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro s work with senior shelter pets. Read more...
No Dog Should Die Alone" was the attention-grabbing and heart-stirring headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of old dogs learning new tricks, Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by "Humans of New York" creator Brandon Stanton and "Susie's Senior Dogs" founder Erin Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
The sad truth is that many of the dogs languishing in shelters are seniors—it’s hard for them to compete against younger, more energetic dogs and puppies for new owners. Journalist Coffey and photographer Fusaro make a strong case for rescuing elderly dogs by documenting heartwarming stories of dogs who were adopted late in life and their loyal owners. The stories run the gamut from retired military and law enforcement dogs, such as Cody, a retired German shepherd, to a nine-year-old pit bull saved from death row by a group of elderly nuns who find a kindred spirit. Readers who own and love their older canines will recognize themselves in the stories; those who have yet to experience life with a senior dog may no longer fear the responsibility but will instead welcome the rewards of opening their homes to these special companions. Photos. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Greenberg Literary. (Oct.)